Recently, I heard a saying that I thought was confusing, at least at first. What if when we say the word ‘something’ as an answer to a question, we could say ‘always’ to that same question. For example, if we were asked, “Do you read your Bible every day?” Your answer would be, “Sometimes.” Or, if asked, “Do you pray?” Your answer would be, “Sometimes.” “Do you share your faith with others?” And again, your answer is, “Sometimes?” Now, let’s insert “always” into every place we said “sometimes.” How would that change everything in our lives? That is how God works in our world. He never uses the word “sometimes.” He doesn’t say, “Well, sometimes I love you.” No, He loves us always. He doesn’t say, “I will sometimes forgive you,” He forgives us always. God has a nature that never changes, so when He makes promises to us, He doesn’t fulfill those promises sometimes, He fulfills them always. God says:
Deuteronomy 31:8 “I will never leave you nor forsake you, it is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
He didn’t mean that sometimes He might leave you and you just have to believe that He won’t. God will always be with you, and He will never leave you. So, what would happen if our “sometimes” were more like God’s “always?” I will always love you, always forgive you, always be here, always be your friend no matter what. Just think about all those areas where God deals with us in the “always” column, and we, in return, practice that “always” column toward others.
This perspective will never be easy for us to fulfill, but it is an objective to ask God to help us achieve. Learning to always be on time, to always be kind, to always be gracious, and to always put God first in all that you do. Would that change your life? To always give people a second chance, to always say nice things about others, to always open the door for others, and to always hide God’s Word away in your heart. Do you see how "always" is so much like God? I don't think there is a "sometimes" in His vocabulary when it comes to wanting people to know Him. He always wants people to come to Him. He never wants people to perish without an opportunity to know Him.
Always is a big word for God, and it should be a big word for us, too. Changing our perspective from behavior that focuses on the "sometimes," to a habit of living in the "always" will take some courage and strength on your behalf. The first step in living in the "always" is the desire to be an "always" person. You can't be an "always" person "sometimes." It has to be a daily desire to do things in the always column. Secondly, you must ask God to help you remove the "sometimes" from your life, and replace it with the "always." God can do wonderful things in your life if you ask, and let Him achieve His "always" thinking in you. Thirdly, start to say to yourself these words. “I will always” throughout your day. I will always smile, I will always laugh, I will always go the second mile, I will always lift the burden, and I will always bring God into my world to help me be the best “always” person I can be.
So, do you see how important this saying is now? "What if sometimes, could be always?"
Something to always think about.
Challenging the Culture with Truth … Larry Kutzler